A multi-billion-dollar petrochemical complex is under development in Mesaieed, an industrial city about 25 miles south of the Qatar capital, Doha, according to Qatar publications. This facility is designed to provide raw material for the Qatari private sector to implement new manufacturing projects.
Plans also call for an associated development of a geomembrane project that will produce isolation sheets from locally produced polyethylene for use in the construction of infrastructure, including containment, lining, transportation, and capping applications.
The Qatar Petrochemicals Complex (QPCC) is a 70/30 partnership between Qatar Intermediate Industries Holding Co. (QH) and Honam Petrochemical Corp. of South Korea. Qatar Holding is a fully owned affiliate of Qatar Petroleum (QP), with a goal to establish and operate industrial projects unilaterally or jointly with other partners.
QH has set an economic objective to become a leading Middle East manufacturer and marketer of intermediate and final petrochemical and non-hydrocarbon products. QH officers say the complex of 4 integrated plants will produce about 2.8 million tonnes (ca. 3.1 U.S.) of petrochemical products per year.
This complex is scheduled to open in 2012 and will produce propylene, polypropylene, styrene, polystyrene, ethylene glycol, and mixed xylenes that provide raw materials for end products.
Qatar is located midway along the western coastline of the Arabian Gulf.